Gargantuan: A Ruby Murphy Mystery

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Three Rivers Press, 2004 - Fiction - 260 pages
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Maggie Estep’s critically praised heroine, Ruby Murphy, is back! Back in Coney Island with a bunch of endearing misfits, back at the racetrack ogling thoroughbreds, and back learning that, on the seamy side of the sport of kings, survival can be a long shot.

Ruby’s life is nothing if not complicated: she’s spending a lot of her time worrying about a jockey named Attila Johnson; a good-hearted Teamster with a bad back; a neighbor who is suspicious of anything that moves; one very fat cat who craves raw meat; a missing FBI agent; an underused piano; a few fine horses—and the sure knowledge that somehow, somewhere, there is a killer among them.

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With a stronger plot, Estep more than fulfills the promise of her quirky mystery debut, Hex . In the absence of her FBI-agent boyfriend, Ruby becomes involved with Attila Johnson, a sorry jockey ... Read full review


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MAGGIE ESTEP is the author of Diary of an Emotional Idiot and Soft Maniacs. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including the Village Voice, the New York Press, and She is currently working on Flame Thrower, the next Ruby Murphy Mystery, and hanging out at racetracks, cheering on long shots. She lives in New York City.

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